Wedding Reception Menus
Wedding Reception Food Tips:
Wedding receptions are filled with dancing, music and most importantly food. Choosing the menu of your reception can set the mood for the rest of the night of fun and dancing. It is important to keep in mind two things when picking entrees for the menu. First, have options for everyone and second, make sure that the menu shows your guests your personal preferences and tastes.
It can be difficult to have options on the menu for everyone and still have entrees that you love. For example, say you come from a Greek family that loves lamb, and your fiances family is Jewish, you need to find a way to have something for all guests. One way to set these two apart is to have a cocktail hour before the actual dinner with finger foods that you love, such as sushi, or mini crab cakes and then for the main menu keep the menu safe with options for everyone.
Safe choices for a menu would be a vegetarian choice such as soup and salad or veggie kabobs, chicken, and maybe a seafood or steak option. For the side dish you could choose baked or mashed potatoes, veggies or rice depending on the entree.
It’s important to know the quality of the food being served and how to serve the meal. If you choose to use a caterer or restaurant, you do not want your guests to eat bad chicken or steak, so make sure you taste test and know what it all tastes like beforehand. Also, figure out if you want to do a buffet serving style or sit down. A buffet style is definitely for a more casual, smaller wedding. If you have invited a large group to the reception it is better to have a sit down served meal to keep it organized.
Back to the Roots:
For a southern wedding you need food to show guests your southern roots. When people think southern, they think fried chicken, barbecue, and bourbon glazes and marinades. One way to give your vegetarian guests a taste of the south would be to have bourbon glazed vegetables with a sweet potato as a side dish. Also, you could choose fried green tomatoes as an option for a side dish and serve sweet tea in a mason jar to top it off.